Sunday, June 02, 2013

Nuit Blanche in Review (May 2013)

This past week Nuit Blanche passed its 2,000,000 page views on the Blogger counter and David Donoho received the Shaw prize: Coincidence ? I think not :-). Here is the excerpt I found in the news about the Shaw prize:
"...The mathematical sciences prize was awarded to David L. Donoho for his "contributions to modern mathematical statistics and in particular the development of optimal algorithms for statistical estimation in the presence of noise and of efficient techniques for sparse representation and recovery in large data-sets," the committee said.
The prime objective of Dr. Donoho's research is to apply mathematical and statistical tools to solve real-life problems, said Prof. Pak-chung Ching of CUHK and a member of the Shaw Prize council. For example, modern global communication often involves voice signals having to go through several networks as they are transmitted, Prof. Ching said, but sometimes the audio quality contains interference. "How are we going to recover the original signal?" he said. Using statistical means, Dr. Donoho developed algorithms that would diminish noise and interference "by recovering or reconstructing the original signal as much as possible," Prof. Ching said.
Dr. Donoho was born in 1957 in Los Angeles and is professor of statistics at Stanford University....."

Since the last Review in April, we featured a slew of implementations including one from Donoho ( The Phase Transition of Matrix Recovery from Gaussian Measurements Matches the Minimax MSE of Matrix Denoising  ) but there were also numerous other implementations ranging from Sparse FFT, Analysis Based CS, Manifold optimizations (ManoptqGeomMC ), Phase retrieval  Learning Incoherent Dictionaries, CS recovery ( Enhanced Compressed Sensing Recovery with Level Set Normals SL0-mod PalBOMP/PolBOMP) and finally an application of adaptive CS on Sparse Microbial Communities ( Squeezambler ). 

We also had quite a few meetings announcements and with one happening in Paris ( Big Data: Theoretical and Practical Challenges ).

We had two Sunday Morning Insights, one on Prony's algorithm and how it might still be a contender for CS applications and another one on computational cooking as well as two jobs announcements (one in London and the other one in Rennes, France)

The complete list of blog entries for this past month can be found below:


Saturday Morning Videos:
Nuit Blanche Reader's reviews and Feedbacks:
Hardware Hacking:

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Full-Res: N00210296.jpg

N00210296.jpg was taken on May 30, 2013 and received on Earth May 30, 2013. The camera was pointing toward SATURN-RINGS at approximately 595,552 miles (958,448 kilometers) away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.
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